A confirmed Jane Austen addict, Monica Fairview used to be a literature professor, but her compulsion to write something other than scholarly articles pushed her over the edge and resulted in her first published novel, the Regency romance, An Improper Suitor.
Now she dedicates whatever time she can spare from raising a very active daughter to writing and reading –and more writing. Born in London, Monica lived in the USA for many years. She loves to chuckle, read, and visit historical places. Sometimes she enjoys doing nothing at all. When she has the time.
So far Monica has written two Jane Austen sequels. The Other Mr. Darcy focuses on Caroline Bingley and introduces Mr. Darcy’s American Cousin Robert, while The Darcy Cousins focuses on Georgiana Darcy. A short story, an Emma sequel, appeared in Laurel Ann Nattress’s anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It, published by Ballantine.
~ Monica’s Novels ~
The Darcy Cousins
There are surprises in store for that bastion of tradition, Rosings Park when the family gathers for their annual Easter visit. Georgiana Darcy, generally a shy model of propriety, decides to take a few lessons from her unconventional cousin, and Anne de Bourgh simply – vanishes. In this tale of friendship, rebellion, and love, two young women entering Society forge a strong connection, a connection that is sorely tested when they both set out to win the heart of a most dashing – and dangerous – gentleman.
The Other Mr. Darcy
Did you know that Mr. Darcy had an American cousin?!
When Caroline Bingley, for the first time in her life, collapses to the floor and sobs at Mr. Darcy’s wedding, she does not think anyone is watching. Imagine her humiliation when she discovers that a stranger has witnessed her unusual emotional display. Miss Bingley, understandably, resents this unknown gentleman very much, even if he is Mr. Darcy’s America cousin.
A year later, when she is forced to travel to Pemberley with Robert Darcy, she still has not forgiven him. To her chagrin, her attempts to snub him fail completely, and, as the Bennets descend upon the Darcy estate, she finds herself spending more and more time in his company.
Is there more to the infamous Miss Bingley than meets the eye? And can this other Mr. Darcy break through her reserve?
Jane Austen Made Me Do It
In this gently humorous story, the day has come for Mr. Knightly to move into Hartfield, but Mr. Woodhouse is still not reconciled to the marriage. Trouble looms on the horizon unless Emma can quickly find a way to convince her papa to accept Mr. Knightly’s presence.
An Improper Suitor
A lady in possession of an independent fortune has no need for a husband. Miss Julia Swifton, secure in that belief, has made no attempt to search for one, even after three seasons in London. That is until her grandmother, an advocate of women’s rights, rises from her deathbed and threatens, of all things, to marry her to a notorious rake, Lord Thorwynn.
Shocked into action, Julia launches into a search for an intelligent, scholarly husband who will suit her. On her way she has to rescue a fallen “angel,” save a rake from being forced into marriage, defeat an unscrupulous gambler who needs to seduce her for money, and avert a friend’s disastrous runaway marriage. Fortunately, she does not have to do it alone. Even if her companion, Lord Thorwynn, is the last person she would ever want to marry.
William Darcy is obsessed with his ancestors. So much so that he intends to rebuild Pemberley (destroyed during the Uprising) stone by stone, and he wants to employ reconstruction expert Seraphene Grant to help
Or does he? Seraphene wasn’t born yesterday. She can smell a rat, particularly when it stinks all the way up to her airship. She knows Darcy is hiding something. But with the Authorities after her and her other options dwindling by the moment, the temptation of genuine English tea and a gorgeous Steampunk gentleman are very difficult to resist.
But what if Darcy’s mystery job courts nothing but trouble? What if Darcy is harboring a secret to kill for? When kiss comes to shove, will Darcy’s secret destroy Seraphene, or will it be her salvation?
Join us on a romantic adventure like no other in this whimsical Pride and Prejudice-inspired tribute, featuring Darcy (of course), Wickham, dirigibles, swashbuckling pirates and a heroine with fine eyes and an attitude.
Mr. Darcy’s Pledge
Fitzwilliam Darcy has always been able to keep his emotions under control. That is, until he falls under the spell of Elizabeth Bennet and surprises himself by blurting out a proposal to her like a moonstruck youth. Stung to the quick by her rejection, his pride in tatters, and left with no possibility that she will ever return his regard, Darcy determines to put all thoughts of Elizabeth behind him. But not even Town with its boundless opportunities for amusement can keep the image of Elizabeth Bennet from pursuing him everywhere he goes.
By the time Darcy leaves Town to travel up to Pemberley, he has learned one thing. There is only one way of overcoming Miss Bennet’s bewitching hold over him and Darcy is desperate enough to try it. The solution is to get married. And this time, he is not going to choose a wife by allowing his emotions to lead him by the nose.
His choice will be entirely rational …
In Volume I of this Pride and Prejudice variation, Monica Fairview traces Mr. Darcy’s journey as he struggles to come to terms with the upheaval Elizabeth Bennet has caused in his life … and his heart.
Mr. Darcy’s Challenge
Darcy dreams of winning Elizabeth Bennet’s hand and he has a strategy worked out. But when a chance encounter prompts Darcy to propose to Elizabeth before he has rescued Lydia, his plans go horribly awry.
Broken hearted, disillusioned and bitterly regretting his impulsive action, Darcy sees no point in fulfilling the terms of his pledge. After all, rescuing Lydia might save Elizabeth’s reputation, but why should he assist her when they have no future together? Once again, Darcy finds himself faced with impossible choices: being selfless, even knowing there is no chance of reward; or holding onto his dignity by turning his back on the Bennets once and for all.
Pride and love are at loggerheads as he struggles to choose between his mind … and his heart.
Volume Two of The Darcy Novels continues the story began in Mr. Darcy’s Pledge but can be read as an independent book as well.
Look for Volume Three of The Darcy Novels coming in 2015.
Mr. Darcy’s Pride and Joy
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are engaged at last, and Mr. Darcy is preparing to take out a special license to get married quickly. But, just when everything seems to be going just right, he encounters opposition from an unexpected quarter. Then, when his engagement is announced – to someone else – Elizabeth, understandably, begins to doubt his sincerity.
Perhaps their love is doomed after all…
Find out more in this third part of The Darcy Novels series.
Mr. Darcy’s Pride and Joy continues the story began in Mr. Darcy’s Pledge but can be read as an independent book as well.